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“Beautiful Property”
Review of Montpelier Mansion

Montpelier Mansion
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Laurel
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Property”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

The drive out was very scenic and I did some vineyards tours the same day. Enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside while en-route to Montpelier Mansion.

Thank Kim B
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Columbia, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Only the exterior is of interest”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

There is not much to see on the interior. The exterior of the house and the grounds are very attractive

Thank tajosef
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Laguna Niguel, California
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Historical oasis, well done exhibits”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

As a kid growing up nearby, I had heard about Montpelier Mansion, but now I'm sorry I never made the time to visit. Montpelier Mansion may be surrounded by busy streets and strip malls, but once you are on the property it's like a trip back in time. My first thought was that Montpelier was reminiscent of Jefferson's Monticello, but on a much smaller scale. The house had very few owners and has been faithfully restored to what it would have looked like in 1800-1830. There are unusual rectangular sheets of wallpaper, original moulding, and lots of family furniture. The staff outfits the rooms as the family would have for each season, changing the draperies and even the fireplace accessories. I'd never seen a historic dining room complete with crumb cloths and dish basins. My children always chafed at tours of historic homes, but Montpelier would be a great one for kids. There's a hands on room with toys of the time and dress up clothes. Doing the self-guided tour with its informative booklet lets you go at your own pace to review the detailed information, which is repeated on displays in each room. The facility seems to be thriving with room rentals for events and weddings,and the Arts Center on the 70 acre site. We really enjoyed walking around the grounds, imagining the views down to the river, or carriages arriving at the door. There's an herb garden with picket fence, an ancient boxwood maze, and an octagonal playhouse, all great for taking photos.

Visited August 2012
Thank TooMuch2Do
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Excellent Preservation”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

This is another hidden jewel where you don't expect it. Granted, the tour fee is a little high, but I'm sure there's not a lot of grant money pouring in. Tour fees are what keeps the doors open. Although the architecture is interesting and the history of great interest, we enjoyed the tour of the kitchen facility (hardly up to our standards, of course), the primitive cooking tools which were probably the state of the art in those days. There's also an exhibit of the timeline of the area which is also quite interesting.

Combine this with Pasta Plus in Laurel right around the corner and it's a great time.

Visited June 2012
Thank Norris T
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2011

It was a lovely tour but way overpriced. Staff was very well informed and interesting.

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